An unexpected pleasure

This afternoon some friends phoned me from Killlerton , our local National Trust house, to say that if I could get Veronica there , they would push her round the house and gardens which were looking spectacular with Christmas lights and decorations . To my surprise Veronica said she would like to go so I bundled her into her coat with a distinct lack of finesse and the kind PH Fairy (post hernia) threw the wheelchair in the back of the car and we set off .As we drove up the avenue leading to the house which is more of a country gentleman's estate than stately home ,I could see it was lined with large toy wooden soldiers each holding a lantern and from the trees hung giant christmas baubles in a multitude of colours . Some of the larger trees had been under-lit in red green and purple making their stark silhouettes in the upper branches stand out against the late afternoon sky .Outside the front entrance stood three magnificent christmas trees covered in lights showing us promise of things to come . Inside the whole house had been decorated in the theme of the Nutcracker Ballet .It was magical - every archway was festooned with translucent fabric interwoven with greenery and silver sprays of twigs from which hung a myriad of christmas decorations . In every room was a christmas tree decorated in accordance with the story and dripping with an opulence which quite took my breath away . Mantlepieces were adorned with swags and hidden gems. As we walked through gazing in a kind of awe-struck wonder at the richness of it all ,we could hear the strains of carols coming from the music room where we found a choir resplendent in their scarlet cassocks singing to a captivated audience in a room which was as decorated if not more so as all the others we had passed through . We stayed and listened to carols old and new and I could see Veronica 's obvious delight at her surroundings and we sang along with our favourites together. And I wondered if we would ever do it again and I am not ashamed to say I shed a silent tear .

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  • Yu so enjoyed the moment. S. Everyone of them That's what matters Most I too am taking pleasure In even the smallest ones With my sick hubby Makes all the work worthwhile. Nice day for. Yus !!!!!!!!!!!

  • Yu so enjoyed the moment. S. Everyone of them That's what matters Most I too am taking pleasure In even the smallest ones With my sick hubby Makes all the work worthwhile. Nice day for. Yus !!!!!!!!!!!

  • Yu so enjoyed the moment. S. Everyone of them That's what matters Most I too am taking pleasure In even the smallest ones With my sick hubby Makes all the work worthwhile. Nice day for. Yus !!!!!!!!!!!

  • Yu so enjoyed the moment. S. Everyone of them That's what matters Most I too am taking pleasure In even the smallest ones With my sick hubby Makes all the work worthwhile. Nice day for. Yus !!!!!!!!!!!

  • How wonderful for the both of you. A wonderful experience and memories of doing it together will stay with you for always.

    Your post was lovely to read and also made me realise that life is not all one big long difficult challenge,life can hold some beautiful memories and give you such wonderful fantastic times to remember and of course when spent with a loved one.

    Good for you,happy posts opposed to sad ones must mean there are things to carry on for. Best wishes . Happy Christmas.

    Michelle74

  • How lovely x

  • What a wonderful experience and wonderful description. I really like reading your posts. If I could write like you I would print them off and compile a book of memories.

    It is worth making the effort to go out isn't it? I did say to my husband yesterday afternoon as I struggled to get him to our church to the children's carols by candle light, that it would be a lot easier and less stressful staying in all the time but seeing all the children with candles (battery ones) and singing carols and Christmas songs, was well worth the effort.

    I'm sure your lovely wife appreciated all your effort and I hope there will be many more trips out.

    Whey hey! Health unlocked have fixed the problem with the curser. I can now correct my errors without deleting everything to get to them, if I notice them that is.

    Nanna B

  • Well done again Georgepa you do have a knack of finding the silver linings. I am also wondering if this will be Chris' last Christmas. Our carols are on Christmas Eve, organised by the local ex pat evangelical Christian group. Apparently we sing Happy Birthday to Jesus at some point and a chosen child blows candles out on a cake. For someone whose religious roots lie in northern Congregationalism and who hasn't attended a service (apart from weddings and funerals) for over 50 years, the birthday thing will seem weird. But we'll enjoy the carols. Hope you and Veronica enjoy your Christmas - we intend to.

  • Wow sound's like a lovely place and that u both had a wonderful day. These are the memories to cherish. X

  • THAT WOULD BE A LOVELY DISTRACTION FOR ME, I LOVE PLANTS AND FLOWERS , I HAVE A HUMMING BIRD FEEDER OUT SIDE MY KITCHEN WINDOW . I HAV TWO HUMMERS THAT COME EVERY DAY RED HEADS AND SHIMMERING G REEN BODIE THEY STAid all year........ gena

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